President and Chief Executive Officer
In April of 2017, Simone Lagomarsino became the president and CEO of the California Bankers Association (CBA). On January 1, 2018, the CBA and Western Independent Bankers (WIB) merged to form the Western Bankers Association (WBA), and Simone assumed the role as the president and CEO of the WBA. Prior to her current role, Simone served as CEO of Heritage Oaks Bank, and president and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp, headquartered in Paso Robles, California. She joined Heritage Oaks in September 2011, with more than 20 years of experience in executive positions at financial institutions in Southern California, and during her tenure the bank achieved its best financial performance in its 30-year history. In 2013, Simone was honored by the American Banker magazine as one of the top three community bankers in the United States.
Before her role at Heritage Oaks Bank, Simone held executive positions with Hawthorne Financial Corporation, Warner Center Bank, Ventura County National Bank, First Plus Bank, Imperial Financial Group and Kinecta Federal Credit Union.
She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Pacific Premier Bancorp. She previously held positions on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association’s California Central Coast Chapter, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo.
She earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Claremont Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College.